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Mayor of London unveils plan to boost busking and street performance across London

Following last year's #BackBusking campaign, which was set up to investigate the problems faced by buskers performing around the city, the Mayor's Busk in London scheme is now up and running. It aims to make busking and street performance much easier in the capital and includes London's first Busking Code of Conduct, a resource devised by performers, councils, businesses and the police.

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Mountview launches new MA in Writing Musicals

Mountview has announced the launch of a new MA in Writing Musicals, the first of its kind in the UK. This full-time course has been developed to provide practical training and experience in the art of writing musicals.

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MU joins London Venues Task Force

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the creation of the capital's first Music Venues Task Force, which is to look at steps the city can take to protect and secure its vital network of live music venues.

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Entertainment unions issue joint statement following English National Opera meeting

The general secretaries of BECTU, Equity and the Musicians' Union - respectively Gerry Morrissey, Christine Payne and John Smith - have issued a joint statement following a meeting with senior management at English National Opera (ENO).

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Music Venue Trust creates Music Venues Alliance: 'Championing the Grassroots'

The Music Venue Trust has formally announced the launch of the Music Venues Alliance, an association of venues and organisations that have united behind the work of the Trust to engage with the industry, the cultural sector and politicians, to take actions that protect, secure and improve the UK's music venue network.

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The Symphonic Brass of London

A concert and education project featuring with The Symphonic Brass of London and Bromley Youth Music Trust.

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Re-open the 12 Bar Club Campaign petition

The 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street aka London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’, finally closed its doors at 4am on Thursday, 15 January 2105.

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Arts 4 Dementia

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) will be offering a series of eight weekly orchestral sessions with the English Chamber Orchestra at the London College of Music, for musicians with early-stage dementia and their musical partners.

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Save Tin Pan Alley

The iconic 12 bar club on London’s ‘Tin Pan alley’ (Denmark Street) is due to close to make way for an urban makeover.

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Busking in London

Members may be aware that the MU has been working with the Greater London Authority and other stakeholders in an attempt to devise a pan London busking Code of Conduct ‘Busk In London’. This is moving ahead and should, if accepted by all London authorities, set out a level playing field for buskers across London.

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